questionswhat should i buy iphone 5 or the sg3?

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I just went through the same process a month ago since my beloved Nextel system is being taken down by Sprint. I opted for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and I am thrilled with it. My limited experience playing with prior iPhones does not compare with the responsiveness or user-friendliness of the S3 and Android. Unless you are sold on iPhone, I strongly suggest you go with the S3. As to your provider, that is very region dependent. I went with Verizon in the Seattle area and I'm happy. Sprint does not have the LTE network up yet in Seattle and ATT throttles one's speed as you use up the gigs. While Sprint claims unlimmited data, Verizon's family plan seemed more honest and provided a faster network for me.

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Don't forget the Apple lawsuit that says Samsung phones are basically the same as iPhones..... but with a bigger screen, better performance, more features more free apps, and a better price. So, realistically, you're getting an iPhone either way.

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@nortonsark: Good advice, I'm leaning towards the SG3 just because I've been so happy with Android and I love those commercials with the people standing in line at the Apple Store! As far as the service provider, I'm thinking of going with Verizon. I live in Houston and I know they have great service here but I'm really unsure which way to go I know they are super expensive compared to all the other guys.

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@captainsuperdawg: that sounds about right for all of my family and friends and pretty much everyone I come into contact with on a daily basis but I think I'm gonna go for the SG3 unless I buy the Iphone 5 instead lol

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@captainsuperdawg: not to mention the Samsung gives you the freedom to individualize your phone and use the browser of my choice
TO the OP http://www.vir.com.vn/news/tech/iphone-5-vs-galaxy-s3-vs-htc-one-x-in-interface-off.html

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I love First World Problem questions.

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I am on the fence right now as to what kind of phone to get for my GF and I. I'm still leaning to the iPhone as I have a 3GS and I already have a bunch of apps and stuff tied into it.

I really like the SG3, but I like the I5 too and they will both cost me the same.

Can you use web/other app while talking on the phone with the SG3? That's a big sale point for me.

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@wickedd365: Talk and surf is not phone dependent, it's carrier dependent. AT&T does have the ability on their network, Verizon does not. It is due to limitations on the technology used for their networks (GSM can do it, CDMA cannot).

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I just made this exact decision on Tuesday. As a back story, my old phone was an HTC Thunderbolt, and I'm on Verizon as a carrier on a corporate account. I also use an iPad heavily with work, so I'm familiar with iOS as well. So, my experience may be different that yours.

I spent since the day Apple announced the iPhone 5 researching each phone, talking with Apple people and Google people. Ultimately it came down to one simple fact. I've had an android OS phone for I believe 4 years, and I'm used to the OS. I have all the apps I have bought for my phone so no need to re-buy. And I decided that I am used to the larger screen. The transition to an android OS was easier, no learning curve.

I've only had the Galaxy s3 for 1 full day (yesterday) but so far I really like it. There are a few little quirks , but every phone is going to have those.

Verizon offers a 14 day return policy (and charged a $30 restocking fee). So you could "rent" a phone for 2 weeks if you wish.

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I really like the SG3. I just don't see anything stand out about the iPhone 5 to warrent spending that much money.

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@wickedd365 One nice feature of the s3 is i the ability to bump two Samsung Galaxy s3's to share photos/videos. So if you and your SO both have an s3, it would make that type of sharing easier.

"Two other features make the Samsung Galaxy S3 stand out from the Apple iPhone 4S: media ‘bumping’ and burst photography. The Galaxy S3 comes with an NFC chip that makes sharing, or ‘bumping’, photos and videos fast and fun! Just touch the screen of one Galaxy S3 to the screen of another Galaxy S3 and voila! Your photos and videos are instantly shared. You can also beam your screen to any DLNA-compatible television and share your screen with anyone else’s smartphone."

The camera takes SUPER fast picture on the s3. Something they advertise, but I was skeptical. Not sure on a comparison with the iPhone 5.

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When it comes to 2 items that are very close in performance and features like this, choose the infrastructure where your previous investments lie. If you own Android Apps...go Android, etc.

That being said, expandable storage has always been important to me. I do not want to use my limited data by keeping everything in the cloud. (WiFi is NOT unlimited at my home, either. Satellite internet is all that is available). For this reason the S3 was a no-brainer for me.

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All depends on personal preference. I'd say play with both and see which you like better. My preference lies with the iPhone, but I already have a 4 so switching doesn't make a lot of sense. If you've got a lot invested in Android and are comfortable with it, you might not want to switch.

As for the service provider, I'd say Verizon. Between the major providers, the price per plan should be pretty comparable (though probably higher than T-Mobile). Verizon seems to have the best service coverage, but since you're looking at a 4G phone, see who has 4G in your area. If ATT does and Verizon doesn't, for instance, it may be worth it to go with ATT instead.

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Try them both. Buy the one you like.

The end.

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This is why I like deals.woot so much. Anywhere else on the internet, this question would have devolved into a heated flame war by now.

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You're not your IPhone 5, you are not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fu*king khakis. You're the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.

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@jkaleda: "just wait for the ___ to be released". If you continuously waited for the next greatest thing you would basically never own a piece of technology.

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Sounds to me like the SG3 would be the better phone for you.

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don't get me wrong, the iphone is a solid phone but the s3 is SO MUCH BETTER.

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The last thing the Galaxy S3's display is would be grainy. It's a great display and produces great vivid (albeit sometimes slightly unnatural) colors.